This is the home of the California Crew. For over 100 years, Cal Crew has trained and raced on the Oakland Estuary. The rowing center is the result of the leadership and teamwork of several groups and numerous individuals including the University of California, the Cal Crew Friends, friends and family of current and former athletes and the athletes themselves.
The crew trains here on a regular basis and provides offices for the coaches and storage for the boats, oars and equipment. In addition, the boathouse is the site of frequent events ranging from banquets and fundraisers to the annual Cal Crew Alumni Day, which is held in March.
Walk the grounds of the rowing center and you will see the names of the many participants and sponsors who made this vision a reality. Plaques, photos, engraved stones and more are testament to the hundreds of people who care about rowing at Cal and intend to see it continue its success for future generations.
Located over the Berkeley Hills in Orinda, the Briones Reservoir serves as the home of Cal women's crew. With its
crystal clear water and limited boat traffic, Briones offers a beautiful escape while providing excellent training
conditions 365 days a year.
The topography of the surrounding hills combined with the L-shaped body of water result in flat water conditions
regardless of wind direction.
"I have coached and trained throughout the country, and, for me, Briones is the finest body of water in North America,"
said women's head coach, Dave O'Neill.
Located underneath the west grandstand at the Edwards Track Stadium, the men's and women's on-campus ergometer facility
hums with the spinning of the flywheel and the beat of the boom box seven days a week.
Although the Draconian concrete structure seems a bit foreboding at first,it provides the perfect atmosphere to concentrate
on pulling hard.
"The erg room is an integral part of our overall training program," said coach Stephen Gladstone. "Although we have
water available to row on all year around, during the winter months we use the machines frequently."
With the music blaring, the coxswains yelling and 40 rowers chasing personal bests, the energy in the ergroom reaches
a fever pitch on a regular basis.
Whether it is a scheduled team workout or a solitary training piece, the convenient location of the facility allows
the student-athletes to get on and off the erg quickly and get back to life outside of rowing as soon as possible.
For more than a century, the home of the California crew has been the Oakland Estuary, located between Alameda Island
and the City of Oakland. The Estuary offers 11 miles of protected waters and is one of the few courses in the nation
where a straight three-mile race can be held.
The Ky Ebright Boathouse, the Bears home since 1924 and steeped in over 75 years of tradition, is a virtual Olympic
museum. In fact, the Boathouse is believed to be home to more Olympic gold medalists
any other facility in the world. No fewer than 27 Olympic gold and nine World Championship gold medals have been won
by Cal oarsmen who trained at the Ky Ebright Boathouse.
Located at 2909 Glascock Street in Oakland (phone: 510-261-4648), the Ky Ebright Boathouse lies between the Park Street
and Fruitvale Avenue bridges.